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Family Life

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An open and liberal society is characterised by a flourishing civil society, of which strong families are a fundamental part. The family unit should be valued and subject to minimal government interference, but there are challenges to this principle. To what extent should the state support the family? Is paternalistic intervention in dysfunctional families justified? How and when should the state act to strengthen the family? CIS research on family life works to address these issues.

Publications

  1. Fairer Paid Parental Leave

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Jul 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    This report describes how an Income Contingent Loans (ICL) scheme could be used to provide wage replacement Paid Parental... Read More...

  2. The Forgotten Freedom: Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia

    Peter Kurti | 01 Jul 2014 | Policy Monographs

    When religious followers try to express their beliefs about topics such as same-sex marriage, they are frequently met with... Read More...

  3. Still Damaging and Disturbing: Australian Child Protection Data and the Need for National Adoption Targets

    Jeremy Sammut | 16 Apr 2014 | Issue Analysis

    Australian child protection policy continues to resemble Einstein’s definition of madness—doing the same thing and expecting... Read More...

  4. The New Silence: Family Breakdown and Child Sexual Abuse

    Jeremy Sammut | 30 Jan 2014 | Issue Analysis

    Despite family breakdown exposing children to greater risk of sexual abuse, the issue receives scant attention in this country.... Read More...

  5. Emergency Budget Repair Kit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha | 21 Nov 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal budget deficit has been described as an emergency. Cutting wasteful programs can save more than $20 billion a... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Innovators have the right to fail

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 12 Jul 2014 | The Australian

    We need to teach kids that failure is part of life and it's not always somebody’s fault when things don’t work out. ... Read More

  2. HECS-style loan scheme for Paid Parental Leave provides fairness for women and taxpayers

    Matthew Taylor | 12 Jul 2014 | Open Forum

    We need a PPL scheme that doesn’t push all of the cost onto taxpayers to the benefit of those who least need it.... Read More

  3. Loan scheme would solve paid parental leave

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Jul 2014 | The Australian

    The Abbott government’s paid parental leave scheme is Whitlamesque in its scope and expense.... Read More

  4. Nanny rebates aren't about helping the rich

    Trisha Jha | 03 Jul 2014 | ABC The Drum

    Extending subsidies to nannies and means-testing existing subsidies will serve to increase equity in childcare, rather than ... Read More

  5. Why Abbott's PPL scheme is a policy for dummies

    Matthew Taylor | 16 Jun 2014 | Business Spectator

    The Coalition’s paid parental leave scheme does not provide any additional labour force participation incentives for parents ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Does fair paid parental leave mean taxpayers cop the bill?

    Matthew Taylor | 11 Jul 2014

    The Coalition’s paid parental leave proposal sends a clear message that the parenting of some is superior to that of others....

  2. Income management is mutual obligation writ large

    Trisha Jha | 04 Jul 2014

    A common objection to income management is that it makes unemployment benefits conditional and is paternalistic, but this ...

  3. Gen Y to Vilma: Age pensioners are going to be just fine

    Matthew Taylor | 23 May 2014

    For all the posturing, it is not clear from the budget papers exactly how age pensioners are being picked at....

  4. The looming task of childcare

    Trisha Jha | 16 May 2014

    If the costs of childcare subsidies are ever going to be brought under control, there needs to be significant changes to ...

  5. PPL back-down: Symbolism not Budget repair

    Matthew Taylor | 09 May 2014

    The reduction in the paid parental leave cap in the government’s proposed PPL scheme is a largely symbolic gesture....

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